Adoption

4 advantages of open adoption

In the past, the prevailing wisdom was that when a birthmother put a baby up for adoption, separating the two and sealing the birth records should happen as soon as possible before they had a chance to bond. Sealing the birth records happens in a closed adoption. An...

Helping your children welcome an adopted sibling

The anticipation of adopting a new family member can make your children both excited and anxious. Acknowledging that your family dynamic will change can help everyone prepare to welcome an adopted child. You can prepare your children using a variety of strategies....

Considerations for adopting an older child

Adoption is a beautiful practice. However, it brings several complications you must consider before committing. One aspect to consider is the child's age and how that affects the environment you want to raise them in. If you want to expand your family, do not discount...

What are common legal issues during adoption?

Adoption can be a beautiful thing, but getting to the point where you finalize all the legal aspects can be stressful. The ultimate goal is to provide a child with a loving and secure home, but that means jumping through many legal hopes. FindLaw explains adoption...

How can you discuss adoption with your children?

In the U.S., there are about 2.1 million adopted children. If you adopted your child, you may not know when to start discussing adoption or how to approach the subject. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you need to introduce the idea of adoption as...

Must a child agree to the adoption process?

There are many different types of family units these days and while some children may grow up in a single-parent home, others may have stepparents in addition to biological parents. If you are one of those stepparents, you may want to legally adopt your stepchild for...